Atlanta (CNN)-Every year from January to mid-April, we all experience a “meteor drought” and we don’t have a bath for several months.
All this will end on April 22 this year with the first show of the season: the annual Lyrid meteor shower.
CNN meteorologist Udson Jones said: “These dazzling meteors are fast and bright, with an amazing golden dust trail behind them.”
According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Lyrids, which can be seen most clearly from the northern hemisphere, have a history of 2,700 years. During the peak period, there are about 10 meteor showers per hour.
You may even find fireballs flying in the sky, or meteors that often leave their glowing dust trails as they pass through the Earth’s atmosphere.
Like all meteor showers, the darker the sky, the more obvious Lyrids. If you want to view them, it is best to stay away from urban areas that may obstruct the city view.
Jones said: “Light pollution is one of the biggest struggles when trying meteors, and it seems to be getting worse every year.”
But there is another factor that affects light: the moon. This year, the moon will be in the waxy uplift phase. It will be illuminated about 70%. According to EarthSky, since the moon will be so bright, it is recommended that you watch the sky after the full moon and before sunrise.
According to the American Meteor Society, between midnight and dawn, the Lyrid meteor can be seen in all parts of the sky. The best time to view them on April 22 will be the last hour before the beginning of the morning twilight: local daylight saving time is about 4-5 in the morning.
After determining the viewing location and time, prepare a blanket and lie down with your feet facing east and looking toward the sky. Spend 30 minutes in advance to allow your eyes to adjust to the darkness without having to look at the phone.
As AMS recommends to be patient: “Serious observers should observe for at least an hour, because there will be many peaks and valleys of activity.”
If your eyes see a meteor in the sky, you will observe a missing piece of Comet Thatcher, which is the source of the Lyrid meteor. When the Earth’s orbit crosses its orbit, these debris fly into our upper atmosphere at a speed of 110,000 miles per hour.
Jones said: “When these fragments interact with our atmosphere, they will burn, exposing the blazing, colorful streaks you can find in our night sky.”
If you missed the meteor this week but still want to stare at the sky, check out the “pink” full moon next week on April 26. Although the moon is not actually pink, it will appear brighter because Super Moon is a little closer to the earth. .
This is what you can still look forward to in 2021.
More meteor showers
After the Lyrids meteor shower, you don’t need to wait for the arrival of Eta Aquariids, which will peak at 38% of the full moon on May 5th. Such showers are best seen in the southern tropics, but those showers north of the equator still produce moderate showers.
It is best to see the delta delta seaweeds from the southern tropics. They will reach their highest point from July 28th to 29th, that is, the moon full rate will reach 74%.
Interestingly, another meteor shower reached its peak on the same night-Alpha Capricornids. Although this is a much weaker shower, it is known to produce some bright fireballs during peak periods. It is visible to people on both sides of the equator.
The most popular Perseid meteor shower this year will peak between August 11 and 12 in the northern hemisphere, when the moon is only 13% full.
According to EarthSky’s meteor shower outlook, this is the meteor shower schedule for the rest of the year.
- October 8: Draconids
- October 21: Orion
- November 4th to 5th: South Taurus
- November 11-12: Northern Taurus
- November 17: Leo Meteor Shower
- December 13-14: Gemini
- December 22: Ursids
Solar eclipse and lunar eclipse
According to the “Old Farmer’s Yearbook”, this year there will be two solar eclipses and two lunar eclipses, three of which will be visible in some parts of North America.
There will be a total lunar eclipse on May 26, in western North America and Hawaii, from 2:46 am to 7:51 am, this will be the most obvious lunar eclipse.
The sun’s annular solar eclipse will occur on June 10 and will be visible from 2:12 am to 7:11 am in northern and northeastern North America. The sun will not be completely obscured by the moon, so please be sure to wear lunar eclipse glasses to watch this event safely.
Part of the lunar eclipse will be seen on November 19th, and aerial observers in North America and Hawaii can watch the moon from 11 pm on November 18th to 5:06 am on November 19th.
The year ended with a total solar eclipse on December 4. It will not be seen in North America, but people in the Falkland Islands, the southern tip of Africa, Antarctica and southeastern Australia will be able to see it.
According to the “Farmer’s Almanac” planetary guide, in some mornings and evenings in 2021, “sky watchers” will have multiple opportunities to spot planets in our sky.
Except for the distant Neptune, it is possible to see most of them with the naked eye, but binoculars or telescopes will provide the best view.
From June 27 to July 16 and October 18 to November 1, Mercury looks like a bright star in the morning sky. In the night sky from May 3 to May 24, August 31 to September 21 and November, Mercury will twinkle. 29th to 31st December
Venus is the closest neighbor in our solar system, and it will appear in the western sky in the evening from May 24 to December 31. This is the second brightest object in our sky after the moon.
Mars appears red in the morning sky between November 24 and December 31, and is visible in the evening sky between January 1 and August 22.
Jupiter is the largest planet in our solar system and the third brightest celestial body in our sky. It will be displayed in the morning sky from February 17th to August 19th. Look for it on the night of August 20th to December 31st-but it will be brightest from August 8th to September 2nd.
Saturn’s rings can only be seen through a telescope, but the planet itself can still be seen with the naked eye in the morning from February 10 to August 1 and in the evening from August 2 to December 31. Between August 1-4.
Binoculars or telescopes will help you spot the green rays of Uranus in the morning from May 16 to November 3, and in the evening from January 1 to April 12, and from November 4 to December 31, but in the August 28 is the brightest to December 31.
Neptune is the most distant neighbor in our solar system. It will be seen through a telescope in the morning from March 27 to September 13 and in the evening from September 14 to December 31. It will be the brightest time between July 19 and November. . 8.
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